Penei Sewell opts out of upcoming season to prepare for 2021 NFL Draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
The best offensive lineman in college football is opting out of the 2020-21 season.
Penei Sewell, the starting left tackle for the Oregon Ducks and a projected top-5 Draft pick announced on social media Monday that he will not play the 2020-21 season to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
“There are no words to adequately express how blessed I feel for having played football for the past two seasons at the best school in the country, the University of Oregon,” Sewell wrote. “The love and support I received has been overwhelming, and I could not be more grateful. But ever since I was little, I have dreamt of playing professional football. Accordingly, after long thought, prayer and many conversations with my family, I have decided to opt out of the 2020-21 college football season and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.”
Sewell is the reigning Outland Trophy winner and did not allow a sack last season. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound left tackle had a run-blocking grade of 95.3 from Pro Football Focus and was third with a pass-blocking grade of 91.1.
He also was a unanimous first-team All-American selection.
The Pac-12 announced in August it would postpone all sports until Spring 2021, which included college football. Sewell could have added a year of eligibility heading into 2021 but he will leave after just two seasons.
The Ducks do still have Penei Sewell's brother, Noah, who is a five-star inside linebacker and committed to Oregon over Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Utah.
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